AIFEC in Schools – Core Program
Following a strong response from our Hamilton-wide fundraising campaign and the foundational support of the City Enrichment Arts Program Operational Grant, our school music education program has successfully surpassed our goal of “10 by 15” having reached twelve inner-city schools in 2018. Hamilton Music Collective is now working towards “15 by 20”; 15 schools by 2020.
Our current school partners include:
- A. M. Cunningham
- Cathy Wever
- Dr. J.E. Davey
- Hess School
- Holy Name of Jesus
- Notre Dame
- Prince of Wales
- Queen Mary
- St. Brigid
- St. Joseph
- St. Michael
Since our first school in 2010, the AIFEC program has and continues to provide
elementary school children in Hamilton’s challenged neighbourhoods with the opportunity to learn to play an instrument. Lessons are provided during nutrition breaks for free by professional musicians, on an instrument of the child’s choice which is provided on a free loan basis. Classroom instruction for over 650 inner-city school children is enhanced by featured guest performers from Hamilton’s art community and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra during weekly Grade 1 AIFEC classes.
At the end of every school year, AIFEC organizes concerts for students to proudly present their accomplishments to parents, teachers and program supporters.